OK, this is really the first model I’ve done in quite some time, maybe a year, so please ignore all the mistakes. I am trying to get back into models but it’s tough with work and other priorities.
I believe this model was just a random one on sale a while back at E2046 and I decided to get it because it looked cool and was a male figure, which I need more of (compared to all my uncompleted female ones, anyways). I’m not sure what the size is, maybe 1/6. I began this build maybe a year ago and just now finished it, so my memory on some details will be lacking.
I believe the kit was fairly well made and came in just a few pieces, so it wasn’t bad to piece together. The arms were the worst part to get fitted on, and I was a little careless with removing the seamlines so it’s not great.
Painting has been more recent so memory is likely better. At first I was targeting a greener look, used mostly the egg shell green from above. However, after that was done, it was too light, clean, and didn’t look like it fit well. I then planned on adding smoke gray for shadows, but given my lack of modeling lately I overdid it and ended up doing both shadows and a thin layer of smoke gray over the entire thing. I think it turned out better, so I lucked out on that one. That’s one benefit to not shooting for a clean looking kit! Mistakes are easily forgiven.
I think the eyes could use some improvement. They aren’t anything special – I’ll need to work on that more next time. In any case, I don’t have much else to say on this since I didn’t have any major goals or plans for the build. It was really just one I picked a while ago to try and get back into modeling with, and while it took a long time to complete, it’s done now. Hopefully the next will come sooner!
- Rushing leaves to problems One of the main things I struggled with here was the feeling that I just needed to get it over with. I began this build a long time ago and it probably took a year to finish, even though it wasn’t that complicated. Without being able to dedicate several hours a week or more like I used to, it becomes harder to fight the urge not to rush when I do have time to work on them. This model was pretty forgiving in the end due to rough texture of skin, but there are some imperfections connecting the arms that I should have spent more time on.
- Having proper seating goes a long way Back when I used to build models regularly, I worked in my apartment sitting at a normal desk. When I moved into my current house, I built out a dedicated modeling area thinking it would be a nice upgrade. I had my workbench that I used to paint at, and a new standing height bench with a nice paint booth on it now. I would never have to go outside to paint anymore! It all sounded good, except I lost my cheap desk during the process, with plans to use the workbench instead. Unfortunately, it’s a standing workbench. I have a tall stool for it, but my legs wouldn’t fit easily underneath with the drawers in it, so while I could sit it still wasn’t comfortable. 3 years later, I decided to remove the drawers (I have others I can use) and it’s so much better now. In the past month I spent more time on this model than I did in the previous 11 months, likely due solely to the fact I could sit more comfortably at the workbench. Comfort goes a long way, and buying expensive workbenches and having a fancy working area isn’t necessarily always better if you sacrifice small things taken for granted along the way.